National Archaeology Week 2006

A tale of two trowels, by Meffi

In the UK, the week of 15 to 23 July is National Archaeology Week. Organised by the Council for British Archaeology, there will be archaeologically themed events happening across the country.

It is an important event, as it helps people find out more about the heritage of where they live, aiding a sense of place; something I feel very strongly about.

National Archaeology Week also helps keep the profile of archaeology in the public eye, an essential aspect of this event. Without public support, much of our heritage would be lost or forgotten.

Here is the official press release:

Dig deep in National Archaeology Week!

Take part in exciting archaeological activities at more than 300 archaeologically inspired events during National Archaeology Week from 15 to 23 July 2006.

This is an opportunity to dig into the past to gain archaeological skills, learn about artefacts, investigate local buildings and landscapes and witness interpretations of the past. Delve into all periods of British archaeology from Stone Age Surrey to World War II Worcestershire in a celebration of archaeological heritage.

During National Archaeology Week 2006 you can assist with excavations, attend talks and exhibitions and enjoy local walks. Participate in family fun days around the country, including a variety of activities from building a Neolithic long barrow and building your own Stonehenge to creating Roman death masks and firing rockets at the Royal Gunpowder Mills!

Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology and its Young Archaeologists’ Club – and supported by English Heritage – National Archaeology Week is the ideal opportunity to investigate and enjoy archaeology. Make sure you find out about events happening near you!

For the latest information about events, please visit:
www.britarch.ac.uk/naw/

What will I be doing for National Archaeology Week? I’ll be dressed as a medieval peasant, of course! Well, just for a day. I’ll be helping people to learn about the food and medicine of ordinary people in the middle ages. If I look convincing enough, I may well post a photo… 😉

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